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ERIC Number: EJ980586
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0192-592X
10 Tips for Easing the Burden of IT Costs
Schaffhauser, Dian
T.H.E. Journal, v39 n2 p30-34 Feb-Mar 2012
Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC, has 125,000 students, 200 schools, and an annual budget of about $1.6 billion. Last year that budget was cut by about $16 million. The year before it was cut by $80 million. Every year now, it seems, school districts are forced to leave no stone unturned when it comes to finding ways to save money. One would think that any changes the relatively modest IT department could make would hardly make a difference in a financial environment of that size. The reality, though, is that the cost-cutting measures that some school districts are taking related to technology are having substantial impact--without many serious negative effects on student learning. Prince George's County is not alone. All over the country, IT leaders are finding out just how eager their districts and schools are to interrupt business as usual. They are cutting costs, eliminating waste, and streamlining services. This article presents 10 examples from a handful of school districts that have found ways to boost their cost-cutting powers through strategic IT budgeting. (Contains 8 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland